So Much Love

by Miles Wick

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All songs written by Miles Wick © 2013 (ASCAP)

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released June 27, 2014

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with:
Alex Rather-Taylor
Casey Lipka
Daniel Jodocy
Michael Coleman

Mixed by William Shore and Miles Wick
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering

© ℗ 2014 Miles Wick. All rights reserved.
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Official video for So Much Love:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwjA2Awb314
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So Much Love is the new release from Miles Wick, and I found I needed to be immersed in it before I could properly write about it. It opens with “Cloud,” a droning introduction with a subtly shifting rhythm like sand, or water, or the sky, or time itself. The atmosphere is so real and deep in its understated simplicity that it forces the listener to become the story in the lyrics. Followed by “In My Town In Your Town Too,” this track brings us back down to earth a little, but the gamelan feel of the chimes and guitar interplay still reference a similarly shifting rhythm.

Miles really shines on the title track, “So Much Love.” His voice rings clear and true with a tone that is simultaneously uplifting but also slightly melancholic. You don’t doubt that he is indeed overtaken by the love surrounding him, but perhaps feel that he is somewhat sadly detached from that love, as he entreats the listener to give in to the emotion. Again, the production is very nicely clean and sparse: mostly acoustic guitar with some synth and guitar counterpoint melodies and airy drums.

"Only Water" brings us back to the loose strummy drone that opened the album. It’s a wistful track which to me suggests an attempt at reconciling what is on the shore - expectations of life? Family? - with a part of himself that is so far out at sea that the "you" shrinks in the distance. This is Miles’ id and it’s not lost at sea so much as enjoying drifting free. The introduction of the ethereal harmonies and ghostly guitar melodies toward the last third bring a resolution but not a simple one: has the "I" in the lyrics remained at sea or joined humanity, and which decision brings peace?

"In Front of You" is something of a matched bookend to "So Much Love" entreating us to be aware of, and more to appreciate, what is in front of us. "It" may be looked at both temporally and literally. The album starts to wind down with "Empty Body" which again references the themes established in "Only Water" of drowning in the ocean and being saved somewhat resentfully or at least unwillingly.

"The Light" is a perfect follow up, a moment of transcendence beyond the body, beyond the ocean, beyond humanity. Again, there is reference to the theme with the droning bowed bass and screeching cymbals providing a haunting melodic tension which is broken at last by love. Or at least there is the hope of love providing the needed release.

The relatively short album is closed with finale “Dear Author,” which works very well as the epitaph for the album. It speaks longingly of a life gone too fast, of the futility of words, of promised actions which never realized. ‘What did you want to show us?’ he asks plaintively, and this invites yet another listen to this beautiful album about life, love, and artistic longing to try to understand what is being said even deeper. ‘Now it’s perfect.’

It truly is perfect. It’s not often an album gives chills not only on your arm, but in your heart. I entreat you to dive into this lush and beautiful ocean created by Miles, to swim far away from the shore of everyday life, of physical entrapment, to be lost in the sea of love.

-Don Paris Schlotman

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Track Name: Cloud
cloud

i just want to hold you
until everything is alright
and i just want to hear you tell me
that everything will be okay
but you don’t
love me like i love you

you got me to audition
but i didn’t know that it
was for you
i had never felt so supported
you were like
a bed of grass
for me to lay in, on a
warm afternoon

you are a cloud
and i’m a ray of sun
dancing off your back—
you propel me in the air

if you were to leave me
it would hurt, but
i’d find a different cloud
and a different patch
of grass to lay in
on that warm afternoon

feel that breeze
on my cheek

sun touching
my bare forearms

the back of my eyelids
burning red

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Track Name: In My Town And Your Town Too
in my town and your town too

in my town, in your town too
winter mist hangs, asleep in the air
and sticks to parked car windshields.

on watered streets sidewalks i walk,
you walk too, --depositing frosty breath

--in new surroundings, but the moon is the same moon
i know now it’s glowing face

midnight, marble, blue
a compass encompassing
in my town and your town too

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Track Name: So Much Love
So Much Love

I had forgotten what real silence is.
An old friend that I had come to miss.
I had forgotten what real silence is.

After five nights holed up in L.A.
It's nice to be here, sorry I can't stay.
Come tomorrow I'll be leaving and driving all day.

So much love
Love overtaking me.

Beauty lies in practicality here.
So let go of all that you hold near.
Let go, let go---of all you fear.

There's no locks on the doors to this house.
Ask yourself what you'd like to keep out.
There's no locks on the doors to this house.

So much love
Love overtaking me.

I had forgotten what real silence is.
An old friend that I had come to miss.
I had forgotten what real silence is.


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Track Name: In Front Of You
In front of you

In and out of cafes--in and out of reality:
How you could meet someone one night, get so close,
and leave so quickly.

It's a game of roulette. Spinning,
Never know what cold bedroom floor
you'll end up on next.

It's all in front of you.

And you never know what
kind of light will poor in
through the windows
in the morning
and skylights overhead.

Sometimes it is bright
and burning--
shining in your eyes.
Sometimes you can sleep
all day in the dark--
no time to say goodbye.

It's all in front of you.

And the big open sky on the highway.
Is just a reflection.
Of our open minds, and hearts,
and hands:
Outstretched, receiving.

It's all in front of you.


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Track Name: Empty Body
Empty Body

When we first met,
You thought
that I was drowning in the ocean.
You swam out to save me.
I didn't want you to come.

If you look into these hazel eyes
You'll see
that something has changed inside.
My gaze remains unmoving,
even when my lips begin to tremble.

Do I deserve? Deserve these feelings?
Complete freedom? Empty body?
Empty body like water, or air.
Flow, flow into me.


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Track Name: The Light
The Light

Shut out the noise
Shut out the suffering
Or weave through like I'm above it all
Look out into the distance over buildings
Where people and things can escape the shade
And live in the sun
Like a warm breakfast

Three of us standing
On the edge of the earth
Out of the darkness a white horse emerged
It was flying there like a fantasy
No one missed the light
There isn't time
To go over all these old memories

When I look out at the city where I live
At these trash covered streets
Nothing looks good
Nothing looks good from the state that I'm in
But love

Shut out the noise
Shut out the loud, loud noise
Or grace us with a kiss on the cheek
Exist now in the air around our shoulders
--ever a morning dew

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Track Name: Dear Author
dear author,

what have you written here and there?
words laid out upon my back
like scars
scars from growing
too fast

what is it that you
wish to show us?
painful cocktails
stirred with huge fingers
gems--guarded by clutter
socks, dirty dishes
nicotine, house of cards
wait wait, there now it's perfect

what is it that you want us to hear?
a two hands together bird call
a clear tone, awakening

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